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The battery is the heart of every vehicle and even the slightest problems could spell eventual disaster. Most car batteries have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years. However, this can be shortened based on the driving habits of the car owner and other factors such as the terrain and climate. Knowing more about the way a car battery and electrical system function can help with predicting potential breakdowns and being prepared for it.

So how does a car battery work?

Batteries by their nature transform chemical energy to electrical energy. When the car is put into ignition, the battery sends a jolt of electricity to all the electrically powered components in the vehicle. Car batteries are therefore responsible for starting a vehicle by sending short bursts of energy that are required to power the ignition, engine, and lights.

Indicators that a car battery needs replacing

There are a number of indicators that can tell a car owner if their battery needs replacing. Some of them are as follows:

  • Engine crank: When a car engine requires more than a few attempts to start, then it is safe to assume that the battery might need replacing.
  • Fluid level: If the fluid level in the battery is below what is required, the car owner is more than likely to face trouble with the car. If it is possible to examine the fluid levels in the battery, a decision about replacement or repair can be made a lot quicker. When the fluid levels in the battery dip below the lead plates, the car battery and charging system should be examined since a drop in the fluid levels is a direct result of the battery overheating.
  • Check engine light: In a few cases, a flashing check engine light could be a sign that the battery is running low and needs to be examined.
  • Foul smell: When a car battery leaks, there is often a foul odor that comes from the area around the car battery. This is because of the sulphuric acid from the battery. Battery leaks should be taken care of as soon as possible since the battery fluid can corrode the posts of the battery.
  • Bloated battery case: A bloated battery case is a good indicator that a car battery needs replacing. The bloating is often caused by overheating and is a major cause for decreasing the life of a car battery.
  • Age of the battery: As stated earlier, car batteries have a life of anywhere between 3 to 5 years, depending on how well they are maintained. Even if the car has been well-kept, car owners should ideally have their battery examined once it crosses the 3-year mark.

The symptoms mentioned above are a good indicator that it might be time to consider getting a new car battery. The condition of a car battery has a direct impact on the performance of a car. Car owners looking to make the most out of their cars should make sure that all the car’s vital parts including the car battery are examined and repaired on a regular basis.

 

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  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Not satisfied with the service"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I had taken this insurance policy a while back and the experience with them has not been that good. For making the claim it had taken almost 20 days which was not good and it was not convenient. The services of then has to be improved and their customer care has to be improved and the staffs should be more responsible.
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    , hyderabad
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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Excellent Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I had taken this insurance policy a long time back and i had been paying the premium on an annual basis. The premium amount was around 30,000 and the payment method has been simple. There has been a single claim which i had made so far and the services where very good and there has not been any difficulty faced.
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  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Satisfactory"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I have chosen Royal Sundaram for car insurance and done a online comparison. I have received the insurance paper. The premium was reasonable and the policy period is one year. They have good garages and also they are giving me n-number of claims can be done in a year. It is a comprehensive plan.
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    "Average "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my car insurance in Kotak General Insurance because I have account with them. The premium was reasonable. The claim experience was bit tough and it was not beneficiary. The customer service was good but need to improve the garages for cashless. The policy coverage was good but my experience was not satisfactory.
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    , ghaziabad
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  • Shriram Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my car insurance in Shriram General Insurance before 3 years. Its not purchased based on the premium because one of my relative is working here. The customer service was good. The policy coverage is also good. It is a one year policy and first party insurance.
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    , hyderabad
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  • Reliance General Car Insurance
    "GOOD POLICY"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken the car insurance policy with the RELIANCE GENERAL INSURANCE where the premium is nominal when compared to the others also the IDV value is good with this policy. They have provided the policy coverage of bumper to bumper with this policy.
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    , namakkal
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  • United India Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken the car insurance policy with the UNITED INDIA INSURANCE where i have no claim experience with this insurance policy. I am using it since from last 3 years where the premium is lower compared to the others along with that they offers good IDV value.
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    "Smart protection"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My showroom guy issued car policy from Bharati Axa, I didn't compare the cost of the policy. Its zero depreciation plan, bumper to bumper protection is there. They give 24 hours service, road side assistance its all standard. With best IDV on my Honda I20 car.
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    , thane
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    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took car insurance with New India Assurance for 1 year, a premium of Rs 5000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance. This policy has full coverage and the customer service is very good.
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    , nasik
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  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Its Good but they need to provide less claim settlement"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Bajaj Allianz cost of the car policy is reasonable, last year I paid the amount of Rs. 9000, now I need to pay Rs. 10,000 it has the benefits of zero dep and two times I have claimed it, first time my front mirror got damaged then second time back bumper got damaged. Only I paid the fine of Rs. 1000. Remaining they have taken care but claim settlement value is less, it should be 100%.
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    , new delhi
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have purchased car insurance with ICICI Lombard. The premium was less when compared to others. I am using the service for one year. It is a third party insurance and it has bumper to bumper offer with zero dep and road side assistance. I have no claim and the hard copy have not received. I paid 13K through online to purchase the policy.
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    , chennai
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  • Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I am having a car insurance with Iffco Tokio. There is no claim experience. I have paid almost 10K for an insurance. My car is 3 to 4 years old, I think road side assistance is available. It is a first party insurance. The online payment is okay and very tedious.
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    , gurgaon
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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    When I was with HDFC Ergo, at the time the premium was reasonable for the car insurance, I have availed comprehensive third party with zero depreciation plan. Means its covered from front bumper to back bumper. I don't have any claim. However it has the 24 hours service , road side assistance.
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    , bangalore
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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Smart Protection"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have comprehensive plan its covers 100% of vehicle parts, I have renault duster, the IDV value is based on the year that I have purchased. They insurer got tie up with many showroom and centers in my area. 24 hours service available for breakage, no claim benefits are also applicable.
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    , bangalore
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  • Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I do have a car insurance with Iffco Tokio and my car is 5 years old. This is the only insurance company who can provided me a zero dep. The customer service was good. There was no claim experience till now. They do give a reminder call at the time of renewal. It is a first party insurance. Their policy coverage is also good.
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    , new delhi
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  • Tata AIG Car Insurance
    "Need Improvement"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Last year I had policy from Tata Aig, the cost wise they are higher, I got 40% cheaper price in ACKO insurer for my car policy. However the benefits are same like idv and the pre pick up from t he zone, tyer claim and complete interior, zero dep, bumper to bumper benefits. Tata Aig claim percentage is low, two year back I had claim it was small accident they delayed the process, at last I got the vehicle after 15 days it was cashless I done lots of follow up.
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    , bangalore
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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Trusted Insurer"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Long back I had HDFC Ergo for my car, at the time they gave me best insured declared amount for my Maruthi car and the insurer got tie up with many centers. I never met any claim with them. During renewing or purchasing the plan the customer support is very helpful.
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    , bangalore
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  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Good Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    The claim process was good, the response is very good with Bajaj Allianz . My car got damaged in the first portion they done some painting, then I paid the nominal charges of Rs. 1000, remaining the insurer took care. I have VOLKSWAGEN AMEO, the premium amount was Rs.15,000 for one year. Its a normal third party insurance for my car.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Feb 07, 2019
  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had a car insurance with National insurance for one year and it was good. I had no claims with them. There was no reminder call from the customer service at the time of reasonable. The premium was okay but its quite high when compared to Bajaj Allianz.
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Feb 04, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I am having my car insurance in Bajaj Allianz because the premium is less compared to others. Also they have given good IDV value. The policy period is one year. The customer service was better. I don't have any claim experience. It is a third party comprehensive plan.
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Feb 04, 2019
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